Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available in AMO Physics at Peking University
Location: Beijing, China
Physics: Atomic and Molecular
We are seeking highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our theoretical research group in laser-matter interaction and trapped-ion quantum computation at School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects aimed at advancing novel theoretical approaches and numerical methods and their applications in laser-solid interaction and quantum computation. Additionally, they will have the chance to collaborate with leading experimental groups and benefit from access to extensive research resources.
Peking University, one of China's most prestigious research institutions, is renowned for its academic excellence and vibrant campus. Established in 1898, it nurtures top scholars and innovators across various fields. With a focus on interdisciplinary research, academic freedom, and international collaboration, Peking University provides an ideal environment for academic growth and success, supported by its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.
The School of Physics at Peking University is among the top-ranked physics institution around the world, with a complete band of different research fields ranging from the particle physics up to the cosmology, covering 40 orders of magnitude in space and time. Our school has shaped the careers of many outstanding scientists and engineers. It is highly rewarding to join our respected community to advance your academic and professional development in the field of physics.
Research project overview
Our research group focuses on three areas of study: strong-field atomic and molecular physics, ultrafast dynamics in solids, and quantum computing based on trapped ions. In each of these areas, we aim to develop novel theoretical approaches and numerical methods to better understand the underlying principles governing the behavior of matter in these systems. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects in one of these areas and collaborate with leading experimental groups in China.
1. In the field of strong-field atomic and molecular physics, we investigate the interactions of different light sources currently available, ranging from the THz to the hard X-ray regime. Our research in this area focuses on the electron dynamics, the electronic correlations and the nuclear effects subjected to intense laser fields, with a particular focus on the strong-field ionization, the high-harmonic generation, and their coherent control.
2. In the area of ultrafast dynamics in solids, we investigate the behavior of solid-state materials under ultrafast laser excitation. Our research in this area focuses on developing theoretical models and numerical methods to better understand high-harmonic generation and electronic transport in ultrafast timescales. Typically, this project involves describing the behavior of electronic systems using the Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) and similar methods. It also takes into account the propagation effects governed by the Maxwell equations.
3. In the area of quantum computing, we explore the trapped-ion quantum computation and quantum simulation. The present project seeks to examine high-fidelity, low-crosstalk quantum gates and to develop innovative methods for optimizing laser pulses in support of fault-tolerant quantum computing and quantum error correction. We place emphasis on constructing parallel gates and ensuring the scalability of the scheme.
1. A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field.
2. A strong theoretical background in at least one of the following areas: atomic and molecular physics, theoretical material science, or quantum computing.
3. Demonstrated ability in numerical simulation and code development.
4. The ability to conduct research independently while also effectively communicating and collaborating within our group and experimental groups around the world. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential.
5. We prefer English as the formal language for all communication, writing, and applications.
Benefits and Opportunities
1. Basic annual stipend of 300,000 RMB - 400,000 RMB (roughly $50,000-$60,000), depending on established academic performance and capability.
2. High-quality applicants will be recommended to apply for the renowned Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship at Peking University.
3. Initial appointment is for a two-year period, with the possibility of extension based on performance.
1. A cover letter.
2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) that includes your academic and professional background, research experience and expertise, and a list of publications.
3. A research plan around 2-4 pages in length.
4. 3-6 representative publications, with a short description of its significance and your contribution.
5. Contact information for two professional references who can evaluate your qualifications for the position.
To apply, please submit the above application materialsto Prof. Liang-You Peng at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The subject line of the email should read "Postdoc Application".
The deadline for applications is February 1, 2024, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position must be filled before September 1, 2024.
For inquiries and more information about the position, please contact Prof. Liang-You Peng at <email@example.com>.
Peking University is a cradle of top-quality and creative students, a major source of cutting-edge science and knowledge innovation, and a key bridge for international exchange. It has six faculties, namely Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics and Management, Science, Information Technology and Engineering, as well as Health Science. It consists of 55 schools and departments, 60 research entities, and ten affiliated hospitals. There are more than 48,600 students (including nearly 2,500 international students) as well as over 12,600 faculty and staff members including over 123 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
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